Looking for family connection Edward Addison b. abt 1845 lived in Australia 1905

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I was doing some deep digging through old family papers last night and came across a letter sent to my 3x G-Grandfather Henry James Baker in 1905 from Edward Addison, I believe Edward was in Australia at the time.  

In the letter, Edward calls Henry his cousin several times. If they are first cousins, they would be related through their mothers. Edward also talks about setting up a new dairy farm in or near Irishtown. They had recently moved from Victoria. There is also a comment about "rich" relation named Ted? Addison, who made 32,000 in mining on the East Coast and lived more than a hundred miles from Irishtown. There is also mention of a son Henry Addison that was a "practicing doctor in the towns" this Henry is either the son of Edward or Ted? Addison.  

I am pretty sure Henry Baker's mother, Martha had the maiden name Royston. She was born in "Thorne, Lincolnshire, England" according to the 1851 UK census.

There also seems to be another Royston sister named Sarah that married Peter Fields which had a daughter named Agnes Fields. There is an additional letter from Agnes Fields dated 1852 in which she refers to Martha as her aunt. At the time of the letter, Agnes Fields lived in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, England. This letter hasn't been fully transcribed but I did glean that Agnes hadn't heard from Aunt Addison in some time.

Edward Addison may have been born in England and moved to Australia before 1852. He is probably in his late 50's early 60's when he wrote the letter in 1905. He mentions that his youngest son is 21 and eldest daughter is 20.

If any of this sounds familiar please send me a message. We can compare notes and maybe solve a mystery together.

Edit: (6-15-2018) Here is a link to some of the letters I found that I have managed to transcribe, I will be adding scans as images to this profile.

WikiTree profile: Henry Baker
in Genealogy Help by Kristin Bostrom G2G1 (1.0k points)
edited by Kristin Bostrom
Would this dairy farm have been in Irishtown, Tasmania or Irishtown, Western Australia?

I'm guessing not Irishtown, Victoria if they had just left there.

Not related I don't think, but the name Addison caught my eye. I have some information on some London Addisons who moved to Western Australia in 1842.
There is a comment in the letter, that they had had snow the past winter. I'm not very familiar with where it may snow in Australia.
You'd be talking Irishtown, Tasmania then.


Death notice indicates he died in Victoria, despite having lived in Irishtown for some time.

Wife also died in Victoria https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/162261628
Of the three Irishtowns in Australia, the one in Tasmania is more likely to have had snow. The reference to 100 miles to the east coast, and mining, also suggests Tasmania, as I seem to remember there used to be tin mining around Derby, which is near the east coast of Tasmania
Henry Baker grew up in the East End of London, Bromley, Limehouse, Poplar. Edward Addison seemed to know Henry pretty well like they had an old personal relationship.

3 Answers

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I searched the birth,death, marriages of Victoria and came up with

1 matching record 

Family name (surname)ADDISON

Given names Edward Edmund

Event Death

Father's name / Spouse's family name ADDISON Adam

Mother's maiden name / Spouse's given name Jemima (Royston)

Reg. year1924

Reg. no11299

however this may be either Ted? Addison or Edward Addison


now I found on the Victorian birth, deaths and marriages website the following  


Given names Jemima, she had a second marriage to William Pearson in 1876, she died in 1886, Victoria, Australia and her fathers name was Thomas.



Over on ancestry.com, Martha's maiden name was Royston, and her father  was Thomas Royston, but no sources of course.




by Living Anonymous G2G6 Mach 3 (33.5k points)
edited by Living Anonymous
Thank you for the tips and insights. I think this helps a lot.
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Hi Kristin, By using the newspaper death notice found by Mark Dorney (thanks Mark); I have found the records below, however they may not relate to your Martha Royston.  I'll see if I can find information about  Sarah Royston marrying  Peter Fields.  This may provide some answers. I'll add any information I find to this message

Death of Edward Edmund Addison:

[https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/bdm/indexsearch.doj VIC BDM Index] ADDISON Edward Edmund (parents) ADDISON Adam & Jemima (Royston) Reg. year1924 Reg. no11299 (age 82, died Merbein, Victoria)

 Marriage of the parents of Edward Edmund Addison:

Adam Addison married Jemina Royston 15 october 1828 at Leverington, Cambridgeshire, England.

"England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1599-1860," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QLBS-94QX : 17 March 2018), Adam Addison and Jemima Royston, 15 Oct 1828; citing Marriage, Leverington, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Library, England; FHL microfilm 2,206,065. '' Adam Addison | Event Type Marriage | Event Date    15 Oct 1828 | Event Place Leverington, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom | Gender Male | Marital Status | Single | Spouse's Name       Jemima Royston | Spouse's Gender Female | Spouse's Marital Status Single''

Is this the christening of Jemina Royston, who married Adam Addison?

 "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N8LH-TM2 : 10 February 2018, Jemima Royston, ); citing Thorney, Cambridge, England, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,040,557. ''Jemima Royston | Residence Place Thorney, Cambridge, England | Gender        Female | Christening Date     19 Jun 1808 | Christening Date (Original) 19 Jun 1808 | Christening Place Thorney, Cambridge, England | Father's Name John Royston | Mother's Name Rebecca''

 Jemina Royston had a sister named Martha Royston

 "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NKKD-NZB : 11 February 2018, Martha Royston, 18 May 1812); citing Thornney, Cambridge, England, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1040557 IT 3-9. ''Martha Royston | Gender Female | Christening Date 18 May 1812 | Christening Date (Original) 18 MAY 1812 | Christening Place Thornney, Cambridge, England | Father's Name John Royston | Mother's Name Rebecca''

Marriage of Sarah Royston to Peter Fields

"England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NF4W-KM6 : 10 February 2018), Peter Fields and Sarah Royston, 13 Jan 1818; citing Holbeach, Lincoln, England, reference yr 1813-1850 p 51, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,542,148. ''Sarah Royston married Peter Fields 13 January 1818 at Holbeach, Lincolnshire, England''

Christening of Agnes Fields, daughter of Peter Fields and Sarah (Royston) Fields; using the Census records below, if the christening is for the same Agnes Fields, then she was christened when she was about 9 years of age.

"England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1990," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QL15-JX3B : 16 March 2018), Agnes Fields, 24 Jul 1838; citing Baptism, 24 Jul 1838, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom, Lincolnshire Record Office, Lincoln; FHL microfilm 1,542,153. '' Agnes Fields | Event Type Baptism | Event Date 24 Jul 1838 | Event Place  Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom | Father's Name Peter Fields | Mother's Name Sarah Fields''

England Census 1851 for Peter Fields, Sarah Fields, Agnes Fields

 "England and Wales Census, 1851," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SGFN-QM5 : 20 October 2017), Agnes Fields in household of Peter Fields, Sutton Saint Mary, Lincolnshire, England; citing Sutton Saint Mary, Lincolnshire, England, p. 29, from "1851 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

Household | Role | Sex | Age  | Birthplace

Peter Fields  Head    M   54    Holbeach, Lincolnshire

Sarah Fields  Wife     F    53   Newborough, Northamptonshire

Alfred Fields  Son   M   22   Long Sutton, Lincolnshire

Augusta Fields  Daughter F 21 Long Sutton, Lincolnshire

Agnes Fields  Daughter F  18  Long Sutton, Lincolnshire

Edmund Chettle   Son In Law    M  31  Thorney, Cambridgeshire

Emily Chettle  Daughter  F  27  Long Sutton, Lincolnshire

Emily Chettle  Grand Daughter   F   5   Thorney, Cambridgeshire

England Census 1861 for Peter Fields, Sarah Fields, Agnes Fields

 "England and Wales Census, 1861," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M7BR-MFV : 14 December 2017), Peter Fields, Sutton St Mary, Lincolnshire, England; from "1861 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

Household | Role | Sex | Age  | Birthplace

Peter Fields           Head       M     64           Holbeach, Lincolnshire

Sarah Fields           Wife       F      63           ..., Northamptonshire

Agnes Fields          Daughter   F   28           Long Sutton, ...


by Diane Darcy G2G6 Mach 2 (20.6k points)
edited by Diane Darcy
Thanks, Diane, this is really helpful! Martha's 1851 census said Thorne, Lincolnshire. Thorney, Cambridgeshire makes a lot more sense. Because Thorne is in Yorkshire (according to Google & Wikipedia), I think someone born there would know that. So I have been looking in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire where I found the Fields family.
Hi Kristin,

I've started creating some profiles for the family of [[Addison-1034 | Edward Edmund Addison]].  I find this is the easiest way to find linkages for family members by researching and adding sources.  

I'll gradually work on the Addison / Royston family over the next few days and see if I can find information/linkages to your line.

PS: If you want to be a profile manager for these profiles please let me know.
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1841 census Leverington Cambridgeshire.

Adam and Jemima plus Susan (12) Sarah (10) Thomas (8) Rebecca (6) Martha (4) Elizabeth (1).

1851 census Wisbech Norfolk

Adam and Jemima plus Sarah Thomas Martha AND Edward (9) and Mary (5) all children born Leverington. Also lodger Mary Pearson (19)

Adam was a master butcher.
by anonymous G2G6 Pilot (258k points)
The whole family arrived Victoria August 1851. He was Edmund in the records.

Ship's name SEA

left Plymouth May 18 arrived Hobsons Bay Aug 20

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